Spitfire pilot is guest at air festival event

Alasdair McGregorA Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot will be the guest of honour at a special evening in support of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.Alasdair McGregor

A Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot will be the guest of honour at a special evening in support of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

Flt Lt Tony Cooper, who lives in Oulton Broad, has accepted an invitation to attend a dinner, dance and cabaret evening at the Hotel Victoria, in Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, on March 14.

Now in his 90s, Mr Cooper can look back on a distinguished career in the RAF, having joined up 1937.

He became a fully qualified flying instructor and two years later he joined 64 Fighter Squadron as a senior flight lieutenant and flew Spitfires on 190 operational sorties.


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One of the most important and memorable operations by the squadron was the protection of the allied invasion of France on D-Day in June 1944.

There are still some tickets remaining for the event at �27.50, which includes a three-course meal followed by a special cabaret and dancing. Dress code is black tie or dark suit and tie.

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To order tickets, telephone Paul Bayfield on 01502 587027 or e-mail paul@lowestoftairfestival.co.uk

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